REAL ID Decision Wizard

Welcome to the Rhode Island DMV's REAL ID Wizard

Answer the questions below to see if REAL ID is right for you.

Do you have a valid Rhode Island driver's license or ID card?
Do you have a valid U.S. or foreign passport?
Do you fly frequently in the U.S. or plan to in the future?
Do you regularly visit federal, military, or nuclear facilities?
Does your Rhode Island driver's license or ID card expire before May 3, 2023?

You may want or need a REAL ID. You can apply for a REAL ID at any Rhode Island DMV branch.

You may want/need a REAL ID because you:

  • Don't have a valid passport
  • Fly regularly in the U.S. and/or visit federal, military, or nuclear facilities

Starting May 3, 2023, you will need your passport or a REAL ID to board a plane flying in the U.S. or enter certain federal, military, and nuclear facilities.

Please visit our website for a list of documentation required to obtain a REAL ID. AAA members may also apply for a REAL ID at Rhode Island AAA branches.

You can use your passport instead of getting a REAL ID.

Make sure you keep your U.S. passport up to date. Starting May 3, 2023, you will need your passport or a REAL ID to:

  • Board a plane flying in the U.S.
  • Enter certain federal, military, and nuclear facilities

If you want to get a REAL ID, you can apply when your driver's license or ID card comes up for renewal. Please visit our website for a list of documentation required to obtain a REAL ID.

REAL ID applications are available at all Rhode Island DMV branch locations. AAA members may also apply for a REAL ID at Rhode Island AAA branches.

You can get a REAL ID when you apply for your driver's license or ID card for the first time.

You don't need a REAL ID until May 3, 2023, but you may apply for one anytime. You can apply for your driver's license or ID card at any Rhode Island DMV branch location.

Starting May 3, 2023, you will need your passport or a REAL ID to:

  • Board a plane flying in the U.S.
  • Enter certain federal, military, and nuclear facilities

You can renew your driver's license or ID card as a REAL ID at any DMV location at your scheduled renewal time.

You will benefit from a REAL ID because you:

  • Don't have a valid passport
  • Fly regularly in the U.S. and/or visit federal, military, or nuclear facilities

We recommend you apply for a REAL ID when your driver's license or ID card is up for renewal. Please visit our website for a list of documentation required to obtain a REAL ID. You don't need a REAL ID until May 3, 2023, but you can apply anytime at any DMV location. AAA members may also apply for a REAL ID at Rhode Island AAA branches.

Starting May 3, 2023, you will need your passport or a REAL ID to board a plane flying in the U.S. or enter certain federal, military, and nuclear facilities.

You may not need a REAL ID right away.

Because you don't fly regularly in the U.S. or visit federal, military, or nuclear facilities, you may not need a REAL ID right away.

You can apply for a REAL ID at any DMV location when your driver's license or ID card is up for renewal. Please visit our website for a list of documentation required to obtain a REAL ID.

You don't need a REAL ID until May 3, 2023, but you can apply anytime at a DMV location. AAA members may also apply for a REAL ID at Rhode Island AAA branches.

Do you have further questions?

More information and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the RealID main page.